A fresh take on how Ganesha helped write a famous epic!

posted by Gomathi Kannan, September 06, 2019

Gomathi Kannan tells us why 'Ganesha's Sweet Tooth' by Sanjay Patel reimagines a story from mythology in such a brilliant way and why her son loved it so much! 
On the day of Ganesh Chathurthi, my son jumped up from bed singing 'Happy birthday to you!' for Ganesha! Ganesh is not God, but his friend- a fellow naughty, energetic and fun-loving boy as portrayed in the book Ganesha's Sweet Tooth. This sweet little book by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes comes just in time for Ganesh Chathurthi and becomes a huge hit at home!
Has your little one ever reasoned a complex story and you end up twisting the plot to make it relatable? If you face questions like 'Who is Ganesha? What is  Mahabharata? Who is Vyasa? why is one tusk of Ganesha broken?' then this is the book that would make your answer simpler.
Has your little one ever reasoned a complex story and you end up twisting the plot to make it relatable? If you face questions like 'Who is Ganesha? What is  Mahabharata? Who is Vyasa? why is one tusk of Ganesha broken?', this is the book that would make your answer simpler. This isn't the usual story of Ganesha but is a very brilliant imagination of a mythological event from a child's viewpoint. This is a great beginner book that creates an interest in Hindu mythology. 
Very few books appeal to kids of all ages alike and this book is one of them. The smaller kids might love the story and the two main characters- Ganesha and mouse. The bigger kids will definitely enjoy and explore the abstract Illustrations. They are fresh and made of numerous patterns. I would love to mention one particular page with no words, a page that speaks of the entire Mahabharata through cute little cartoons! 
The bigger kids will definitely enjoy and explore the abstract Illustrations. They are fresh and made of numerous patterns. I would love to mention one particular page with no words, a page that speaks of the entire Mahabharata through cute little cartoons! 
The contemporary images paved the way for a lot of discussions. This paragraph is not enough to express my love for the work of Sanjay Patel who is also the creator of Ramayana: Divine Loophole, The Big Poster of Hindu Deities, and The Little Book of Hindu Deities.  
What I loved about the book:

1) Fantastic illustrations that amaze you with new geometry, patterns, emotions, and wordless stories.

2) With a story that shows Ganesha as a toddler, there is room for many scenarios that emphasize good manners and improves personality/values like sharing, temper management, manners, respect, and confidence. I love it when the mouse counsels Ganesha and helps him overcome frustration created by his lopsided look.

I love it when the mouse counsels Ganesha and helps him overcome frustration created by his lopsided look.
3) This is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) book- flowchart, problem-solving, and lots of art beautifully blended with rich language and an interesting story. What's not to love? 


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Gomathi has really enticed me to get this book. What about you? This book is part of the Toka Junior box in September 2019 and comes with a fabulous play-kit inspired by the chosen book’s illustrations: Aboriginal dot paintings from Australia, Gond Art, and Pointillism. We create a vert unique Ganesha artwork! 


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